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Hello,

I'm trying to keep track of a session variable in PHP.
It will be set to 0 when the user comes to the website but once they go to a certain page, I want it to be once throughout their session.
It should only be initialized to 0 when they close the browser.

Is there like a global.asa equivalent in php?
Thanks.
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hmmm...
Maybe I didn't undertand it right but...
Sessions in PHP are recoverable by de id (you can acess the value by session_id() function).
If you do a session_start() PHP automatically read the session_id() from $_COOKIE or $_REQUEST (in this order).
SESSION is used to identify uniquely a user. So you can simulate persistance of vars and objects.
Its praticaly impossible to control when user go out,  so, the session have a time to expire (or not).
Some people use some tricks to test if the user is displaying the contents with AJAX or put a js on body tag function onunload(); But is untrusted.
Think about it!
About global.asa. Global.asa is for WEB SERVER, not for the script language. There's none relationship.
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